Hibs Ladies midfielder Lisa Robertson admits she will forever be indebted to goalkeeper Jenna Fife for her role during Sunday’s Scottish Cup final penalty shoot-out victory over Glasgow City.
Robertson, who had headed the Capital outfit into a first-half lead only for Hayley Lauder to haul the league champions level midway through the second period, sunk to her knees in despair having blazed the opening spot-kick over Gemma Fay’s crossbar as the teams couldn’t be separated after 120 minutes.
Despite team-mates Siobhan Hunter, Lizzie Arnot and Emma Brownlie all converting from 12 yards, it took until City’s fourth penalty for Fife to intervene as she stooped to her left to block Lauder’s attempt.
Lucy Graham, Sarah Ewens and Joelle Murray all continued the scoring spree before City’s Samantha Kerr missed the target to hand the ladies in green and white a precious 6-5 win.
Robertson was one of the first to embrace Fife in the celebrations that followed and revealed she can’t stop thanking the Hibs No.1 for saving her blushes.
“I’ve thanked Jenna so many times since the game and I’ll probably do so every time I see her, to be honest!” said Robertson, 24. “That really didn’t feel so good. I thought I’d step up first and try and ease the pressure but I think I ended up doing the opposite. These things happen, though.”
Robertson is in her second spell with the Hibees having left at the end of the 2012 season to join Glasgow City, helping the club to a domestic treble as well as reaching the last 16 of the Champions League before bowing out of the competition 6-2 on aggregate to Arsenal. And, while admitting she embraced every minute of her one season spent with Scotland’s ten-times league champions before her return to the Capital, she says it was special to open the scoring in Sunday’s clash at Hamiton’s Superseal Stadium.
“It actually felt brilliant to score against them.” she said. “I have a huge amount of respect for City but when I’m playing for Hibs I want Hibs to win – it doesn’t matter who I’m playing against. The season spent at Glasgow City is one I’ll never forget; it was an absolute honour and a privilege to be a part of. I wouldn’t compare Sunday’s success with what I achieved whilst I was with City.”
The self-confessed Hibs supporter and her team-mates fell just short in their quest to win a domestic treble of their own this season, Chris Roberts’ side finishing league runners-up to City, who finished eight points clear at the top. They did, however, manage a cup double having defeated Scott Booth’s team 2-1 at Ainslie Park in June’s League Cup final.
“It’s been a really successful season but I still think we could have done a wee bit better,” said Robertson. “Obviously, we’re delighted with the two cups, as well as taking the league to the second-last week of the season which is the best we’ve managed. But hopefully we can build on this next season and take it further and try and get that treble of our own. There’s no reason why we can’t with the group of players we have at the club.”
And how does it feel to be a Scottish Cup winner almost six months on from watching Hibs’ men achieve the same feat?
“Yeah, I was at Hampden to see them do it, I’m a huge Hibby. I didn’t go anywhere at the full-time whistle! I’ve been at Hampden loads of times to see Hibs lose in finals and I’ve also been beaten in a few finals myself with the club so to do it in the same year is just amazing.”